Festive Walnut Cakes
- Yield 12 servings
- Prep 25 mins
- Cook 25 mins
These festive cakes are typically baked in Spain to celebrate the holidays and the changing of the seasons. Flavours of coconut, cherries, chocolate and walnuts are combined to create individual cakes that will tempt adults and children alike.
- 1 cup chopped California walnuts
- 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup dried cherries
- 1-1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup ground walnuts
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 -- eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
In bowl stir together walnuts, coconut, chocolate chips and cherries; set aside.
In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ground walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
In another bowl, beat butter and sugar with hand mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until combined. Add in flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) of the walnut mixture.
Divide batter among 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining walnut mixture over top of each cake. Bake in centre of preheated oven until cake tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.